We already told you that this year’s Small Press Expo, to be held Sept. 17-18 in North Bethesda, MD, is spotlighting Fantagraphics 40th anniversary with guests like Daniel Clowes and Joe Sacco. That by itself would be mad exciting BUT THERE’S MORE. The full list of guests is rolling out and it’s outstanding, with an array of cartoonists from around the world. And while they are all great I want to give a special shout out to Cyril Pedrosa who will be making his first US appearance I believe, and you won’t want to miss him.
Or any of these fine people:
Lisa Hanawalt – Hot Dog Taste Test serves up Lisa Hanawalt’s devastatingly funny comics, saliva-stimulating art, and deliciously screwball lists as she skewers the pomposities of foodie subculture. From the James Beard award-winning cartoonist and production designer/producer of Bojack Horseman, Hot Dog Taste Test from Drawn & Quarterly dishes out five-star laughs, as Hanawalt keenly muses on pop culture, relationships, and the animal in all of us.
Jeffrey Brown is the bestselling author of Darth Vader and Son as well as theJedi Academy series from Scholastic Books. He began his comics career withClumsy and other autobiographical comics that chronicled everyday awkward and intimate moments from life. His new book, Lucy & Andy Neanderthal from Random House Kids, is a heavily researched middle grade story about prehistoric cavemen kids. He lives in Chicago with his wife and sons.
Charles Burns is renown for his epic graphic novel Black Hole, for which he won the Eisner, Ignatz and Harvey Awards. In addition to work in set design, posters and advertising, he has worked for such periodicals as Raw, The Believer and The New Yorker. SPX 2016 will see the debut of Last Look from Penguin Random House, which presents the Nitnit Trilogy of the previously published X’ed Out, The Hive and Sugar Skull in one volume.
Cartoonist Sarah Glidden accompanies her two friends—reporters and founders of journalism non-profit—as they research potential stories on the effects of the Iraq War on the Middle East and, specifically, the war’s refugees. Joining the trio is a childhood friend and former Marine whose past service in Iraq adds an unexpected and sometimes unwelcome viewpoint, both to the people they come across and perhaps even themselves. The group travels across Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, with Glidden’s observations resulting in her latest book, Rolling Blackouts, that will debut at SPX 2016 is published by Drawn & Quarterly. Glidden (How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less) records all that she encounters with a sympathetic and searching eye. Painted in her trademark soft, muted watercolors and written with a self-effacing humor,Rolling Blackouts cements Glidden’s place as one of today’s most original nonfiction voices.
Sophie Goldstein is a 2013 graduate of the Center for Cartoon Studies. She won the Ignatz Award last year for her graphic novel, The Oven published by Adhouse Books and previously won the Ignatz in 2014 for her mini-comic,House of Women, Part I. Her first book, Darwin Carmichael is Going to Hell, co-written with Jenn Jordan, was self-published in 2013 with funding from Kickstarter. Sophie has also illustrated a children’s book, Poopy Claws, written by Gene Ambaum. Her work has appeared in various publications includingBest American Comics 2013, Fable Comics, The Pitchfork Review, Maple Key Comics, Sleep of Reason, Symbolia, Trip 8 and Irene 3. She currently lives in Pittsburgh, PA.
Roger Langridge is a New Zealand-born cartoonist currently resident in the UK. He is probably best known for his work on the Harvey Award-winningMuppet Show Comic Book and Thor the Mighty Avenger and for his own Eisner-winning series, Snarked! He has also worked on The Rocketeer, Popeye, Rocky and Bullwinkle, Doctor Who and Mandrake the Magician, as well as more alternative efforts like Zoot!, Art d’Ecco and Knuckles the Malevolent Nun (published by Fantagraphics) and his self-published title Fred the Clown. His most recent works are The Baker Street Peculiars (with Andy Hirsch) and Abigail and the Snowman (published by Boom! Studios), and a Fred the Clown graphic novel, The Iron Duchess, originally serialized on theZCO.MX website.
Steffen Kverneland is a Norwegian comics artist. With the cartoonist Lars Fiske, he has created graphic biographies of Olaf Gulbransson and Kurt Schwitters, as well as Kanon, a series of comics about 19th century art. His award-winning graphic biography of Edvard Munch, published in English by SelfMadeHero, won the prestigious Brage Prize for Literature. Munch has been translated into several other languages. Original art from the book resides in Norway’s National Gallery of Art.
Tom Gauld is reknown comic creator, designer and illiustrator. He has weekly comic strips in The Guardian and New Scientist, as well as having his work published in The New York Times and The Believer. In addition to his graphic novels Goliath and You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack, he has designed a number of book covers, as well as a can for Diet Coke. This fall he releasesMooncop from Drawn & Quarterly. Gauld lives and works in London.
Cyril Pedrosa studied animation design at the Gobelins, a Parisian school dedicated to careers in the moving image. He went on to work on Disney animated feature films such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Hercules. A rising star in graphic storytelling, his unique work is a product of his animation background combined with his literary influences of Borges, Marquez and Tolkien. His moving journal of going back to his family roots, Portugal, is a bestseller. NBM will release Pedrosa’s latest, Equinox this September.
Aimée de Jongh is an award-winning animator, comic artist, and illustrator from the Netherlands. She has since created work for children’s books, TV shows, music videos, and art installations, alongside numerous comic book series. Her animated film Aurora was screened widely in the Netherlands andJanus, a video installation she created with the L.A.-based artist Miljohn Ruperto, was exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Return of the Honey Buzzard, her first graphic novel, won the Prix Saint-Michel and is published in English by SelfMadeHero.
Pascal Girard was born in Jonquière, Quebec, Canada, in 1981. He began filling his notebook with drawings on his very first day of school and never stopped. Since he was unable to rid himself of this habit, he naturally decided to make it his career. Girard is the award-winning author of Nicolas, Bigfoot,Reunion, and Petty Theft. He lives in Montreal. In September 2016, Girard is releasing an expanded hardcover edition of his first book Nicholas published by Drawn & Quarterly.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.